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    • I think I've got the answer to the "One Hour  A Week"  axiom. Where did it come from?  The answer is one must use the right clock. In  2Peter 3:8 we are told.... "But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.""    So you see, it depends on whose clock you use.  
    • Well, welcome back Merl.   I am glad that was sorted out.  Around here, a "Public School" could never charter anything, because each school is not a separate corporate entity. Such a thing would mean the County School Board (which owns the school) would be the Charter Org, and that could never happen.  PTAs and PTOs are always doing such things, and people  end up thinking it is the School that is doing it.   Maybe a Principal might sign such "contracts" as a charter org agreement, but the BoE would pull him in quick when they found out.   Our Council does have several Scout Units chartered to private or religiously based schools, but the numbers are few.  I even know of a Cub Pack chartered by a family owned  Hardware store. 
    • I kind of like that more informal approach. Our CO always has a service, but it's the exact time as our own church's service. We usually opt to go to our own, which is very low key and basically wear your uniform, stand up and say something short, and be friendly. I also have to say, I am not a fan of the BSA's enthusiasm for turning everything into a ceremonial event. A flag ceremony with meaning? Great. An Eagle COH? Great. AOL Crossover? Great. The rest of it on a near weekly or monthly basis just feels like a poor use of time and diminishes the gravity and impact.   
    • We're probably thinking too hard if we're trying to figure out what district executives should be doing versus what they shouldn't be doing.  The DE's job is to do whatever the council needs done.  That means that DEs spend a lot of time trying to get the district volunteers on track doing their jobs, and fill critical gaps in district operations and activities wherever they appear.  And other duties as assigned, which include support for council activities and events and operations wherever bodies are needed.  The key point is that district executives exist  because district volunteers aren't fulfilling council's priorities (usually for membership and fundraising, but also for things like unit visit entries in Commissioner Tools) to the level desired and on the schedule desired.  Council-level priorities determine what DEs work on.  Get a handle on council-level priorities, and you get a handle on district-level organization and priorities and whether you have things like turn-key district camporees or instead have casual multi-unit roundtables over at IHOP. 
    • Not really.  Ours is more like a wear your uniform to your church service that day and let me know kind of thing.  It's not even put in our calendar of events   because some churches do the Scout Sunday a different day than the one that BSA sets aside for it.  This weekend my scout is going to a church that does celebrate Scout Sunday.  The patches are always so cool.  It's a tradition to collect them for him.  
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